Art to inspire action for social change

Art has been used to express ideas about the world for countless generations. A way to inspire, reach out and communicate new ways of thinking. Now in the 21st century, we have so many new mediums for expressing ourselves artistically – from film, to ever-growing varieties of musical, poetic and visual expression.

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At this time in history, It is so fortunate we have so many growing mediums of expression, as well as growing mediums of communication to share ideas and thoughts on increasing social issues, economic problems, war, poverty, intolerance, corruption, mass spiritual depression and isolated existence in the West, in a time of an ever growing imbalance of power and equality in most places in the world. On a more positive note, to also share knowledge of hopeful technologies, the profound reality of our existence and the beauty of our universe.

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In October, the annual Zeitgeist Media Festival showcased live performances, short films and presentations (poems etc.) to inspire positive change. The Brisbane Zeitgeist Movement group shared a range of the short films from the headlining Los Angeles Zeitgeist Media Festival. The feedback from this event was really positive and was met with meaningful discussion and ideas for positive action.

For your viewing pleasure the playlist we shared at the Brisbane Zeitgeist Movement Monthly Meetup has been made available below. This comes as a highly recommended way of expressing a train of thought that encourages long-term global sustainability. Please enjoy watching with your friends and family.

What’s so funny about sustainability?

Last Saturday, we hosted one of our most well-attended Brisbane Monthly Movie events of the year, Zeitgeist Comedy Day. It was decided upon using a minimum-opposition vote – a strategy we use to determine the movie option that most attendees would prefer.

The movie that was selected was Bill Hicks Last Show – a one-hour stand-up comedy act from the comedian who criticised consumerism, superficiality, mediocrity, religion and politics within the current culture. Bill Hicks characterised these elements as oppressive tools of the ruling class that keep people stupid and apathetic.

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Although he died of cancer in 1994, his legacy lives on as a catalyst for social change, especially those within in the Zeitgeist Movement. Founder of the Zeitgeist Movement Peter Joseph uses Bill Hicks famous quote titled, “It’s just a ride” in the conclusion of Zeitgeist: The Movie. Below you can find the end of movie quotes, Bill Hicks’ quote starts at 3:33.

The Zeitgeist Movement Queensland invites new people with a vested interest in global sustainability to join us for our Monthly Movies that Matter. Many people who come along have never heard of the Movement, or know very little. For this reason, it was important for us to make the connection between Bill Hicks’ comedy and sustainability.

Regular Zeitgeist Movement members in attendance gave some insightful answers. For example, Bill Hicks encouraged people to question the paradigm of their existence, used comedy to reach out to others, to see others as themselves rather than separate from themselves and look at things the way they really are. In achieving this, Bill Hicks was able to promote a different way of thinking that allows us to see the flaws in the way we think that has lead to war, poverty, corruption and environmental degradation.

It is only a choice between FEAR and LOVE

It’s been suggested that the crudeness of material in his last show may have been a product of the knowledge that he was dying. Some people may find his jokes highly offensive and crude, although it’s been argued that this was his purpose – as he hits the nail on the head over several societal issues and has no boundaries in sharing what he thinks. It also contains a lot of swearing, so do not watch this if you offend easily. Personally, I find the the dark, sophisticated humour absolutely hilarious – however I did experience a tinge of uncomfortableness at his extreme bitterness towards other people. I hope to be able to a bridge the gap between our differences to work together towards a more sustainable future. This my question to you: Does this kind of stand-up kind of, slap people in the face and wake them up – or do the complete opposite – create more division between those with inflated egos and power addiction and those who genuinely want a more equal and peaceful society? Check it out below.

We also a clip of comedians George Carlin on Saving the Planet and Tim Minchin on Human Logic. This was followed by a discussion and drinks at the Coffee Club. Thank you to everyone who joined us.

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Next month’s Monthly Movies that Matter in Brisbane will be on October 11th. We will showcase some of the work from the global Zeitgeist Media Festival and watch I am Fishead. We look forward to seeing you there!

Queensland Monthly Movies that Matter – 9th August

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This month The Zeitgeist Movement Queensland will screen Inequality For All, a documentary by Former U.S Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, who makes a passionate argument about how the devastating effects of America’s widening income inequality not only threaten the middle class but also the very foundation of democracy itself. For more information check out the website.

Here is a short trailer of the film.

We will also screen a short movie about slavery in the seafood industry.

Matt Berkowitz who is part of the global lecture team put up a lecture called How to Know What’s True: Assessing Scientific Research. Apparently Matt’s talk caused some controversy amongst some TZM members and even requested to be removed from the global chapter’s YouTube channel. In response to these requests, there have been comments like “We need to Science Up TZM quite a lot” or “You won’t win over people by insulting them”. We won’t watch this lecture on the day but would be great if a few people could watch it in advance to discuss.

Please feel free to bring along your flash drive if you wish to share anything else.  The event will be held in the Brisbane Square Library in the Community Meeting Room free of charge. Afterwards we usually head over the road for a drink and chat.

This is a perfect opportunity if you’d like to learn more about how we can have a positive future, or if you’d like to learn more about what’s happening in the movement locally, nationally and globally… and if you’d like to be more involved. It’s a great way to connect with others and is sure to open your mind!

For those of you not based in Brisbane, please feel free to contact me at casey.d@zeitgeistaustralia.org to find out more about holding a Monthly Movies event in your region.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Meetup for Zeitgeist Movement Melbourne: Northcote/Thornbury

Come along and share a drink and share a story with the Zeitgeist Movement Melbourne on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 7:00 PM.
Matt is moving from this office space so it is time to say goodbye and make plans for a new beginning for Zeitgeist Northcote.

We would love your company and your ideas for the future.
Friends are welcome of course!

For further details you can find it on Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/zeitgeistmovementmelb/events/190529562/

Donate A DVD Project

The Donate a DVD project is a non-profit campaign by zeitgeist members that automatically distributes large volumes of DVDs of your choice. You can choose to have them delivered to yourself or directly to any chosen address in Australia.

More information please check out their website: www.donateadvd.com
Otherwise contact them via email: contact@donateadvd.com